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To Hell With These Streets Album Release

Thu Oct 27th, 2016

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Doors open: 8:00pm
Gig starts: 8:30pm
Entry: R18
Cover charge: FREE!

Greg Fleming and The Working Poor celebrate the release of their third album with special guest Dom Blaazer. No cover - entry by donation.

About the record

Says Greg - To Hell With These Streets is produced by myself, Working Poor drummer Wayne Bell and guitarist Andrew Thorne and covers a lot of musical ground - names thrown around in the studio included Rickie Lee Jones, Springsteen, Bailter Space, R L Burnside, Future, Lou Reed, James McMurtry, Vince Staples and Steve Earle - some tracks revisit characters from earlier records - others are more personal - the last track Our Little Gang is an elegy for late actress and friend Sophia Hawthorne.”

The record also draws from Greg’s love of crime and noir fiction.

“I wrote Liquor Store – about a tragic liquor store hold up in West Auckland - after a day spent reading Ben Sander’s Auckland-based crime novels.”

Elsewhere there's acoustic-based narratives, dirty punk blues and noir confessions. It takes place in bars, hotel rooms, liquor stores, street corners, in coffee shops and city docks - often long after the sun's set.

All tracks by Greg Fleming except To Hell with These Streets by Greg Fleming/Wayne Bell

About Greg

Greg's first show was opening up for Townes Van Zandt since then he's built up a reputation as a razor sharp songwriter - adept in a wide range of styles and settings. Greg’s now running with The Working Poor one of Australasia's finest, forward-thinking rock bands. Their previous acclaimed albums are Forget The Past (2014) and Stranger In My Own Hometown(2015). Their new album To Hell With These Streets is out digitally on the 21st October 2016.

“… beautifully crafted compositions and songs about things that matter. Songs about important things like bad politics, cruel cities, and matters of the heart – not necessarily in that order.” NZ Musician

This album touches the head and heart Graham Reid, Elsewhere.

**** star review for Stranger In My Own Hometown, August 2015.

“Fleming knows how to set up a scene and get his little vignettes across within the length of a typical pop song (perhaps he could teach Dylan a thing or two…)” Marty Duda 13th Floor

Not all listeners like those masculine hard-edged whiskey-soaked voices like Tom Waits, Jon Dee Graham, Otis Gibbs or even John Haitt. But, Greg seems to have found a balanced mother-lode that straddles the mineral from the grasslands. John Apice No Depression.


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